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October’s Tech Tool: Novel Effect

Have you heard about Novel Effect yet? Close your eyes and imagine story time combined with perfectly timed music and sound effects as you read. Now, open your eyes. You're not imagining! This is really possible and it’s free!

The whole process is really quite fascinating.

  1. You download the free app through iOS App Store or Google Play for Android.

  2. Find the book on Novel Effect you want to use.

  3. Press the play arrow to download the sound effects.

  4. Open your copy of the book (Print or ebook) and start reading!

Amazingly, Novel Effect begins to sync the app’s sound effects with your reading style and pace. You can repeat favorite passages or skip ahead to an exciting part you want to read. It is a very responsive app.

Novel Effect’s library includes selections for Infants and Toddlers, 3-6 years old, 6-8 years old, 8-10 years old, and 11 years and older. Currently, there are 200+ popular kid’s books and poetry pieces in Novel Effect. There is also a small collection of about 30 titles in Spanish.

Novel Effect has a handful of free in-app ebooks you can use to test the system out. Their library of sound effects and music includes stories like The Cat in the Hat, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and even the Gettysburg Address. You can hear a sample of the music and sound effects here.

To see it in action, take a quick peek at Novel Effects home page and you can listen to a 1 minute story example.

Give a shout out on social media this week and tell how you use Novel Effect.

This week's Librarian Influencer of the week is Stephanie Galvan Russell. You can hear her story at

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